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Monday, January 2, 2017

Writings are acts of hope for the future

“Poems and songs penned as an unstoppable outpouring of the heart take on a life of their own. They transcend the limits of nationality and time as they pass from person to person, from one heart to another.” – Daisaku Ikeda

A Buddhist philosopher, educator, peace activist and prolific writer of books, poems, essays and history, Ikeda celebrates his 89th birthday today.  His interests in photography, art, philosophy, poetry and music are reflected in his published works, especially his well-known novel The Human Revolution, which has been widely printed in numerous languages. 

In his essay collections and dialogues with leading political, cultural, and educational figures from around the world – a series now published in the Japanese-English book Embracing The Future – Ikeda discusses the transformative value of religion, the universal sanctity of life, social responsibility, and sustainable progress and development.

Also praised for his children’s books, Ikeda has won awards for such books as The Cherry Tree, The Princess and the Moon, and Over The Deep Blue Sea.  And, as a World War II “survivor,” he has been a leading proponent of peace initiatives, now twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (most recently in 2015).  

“A healthy vision of the future is not possible without an accurate knowledge of the past,” Ikeda said of his works.                                             

“To communicate the truths of history is an act of hope for the future.”

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